When we begin to recognize God’s goodness in our lives, we begin to realize that there isn’t anything that we need except for Him. The most significant evidence of God’s goodness in our life is not found in the things which pass away, but in the eternal. Yet, because we do not know Him, we focus upon the temporal as the evidence of God’s goodness. We think that the amount of money, things or success we possess are a measuring stick of God’s goodness to us. That’s like possessing a big, beautiful home without any love inside it. When we pursue God, we realize that the most irreplaceable gifts He gives us are His peace, love, wisdom and strength. His temporal gifts are wonderful only to the extent that they contain His eternal gifts. Once we have tasted the sweetness of God’s gifts, we never want to go back to settling for pursuing the temporal. We shudder at the thought of trading His peace for more money. When we’ve been wrapped up in His arms, we want no earthly love if it means forfeiting the experience of His love. It doesn’t mean we don’t want earthly things like money and love—it just means we won’t sacrifice any aspect of our relationship with Him in order to obtain them. Like the Psalmist, we have developed a taste for God. “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” (Psa. 34:8) His goodness becomes the thirst of our heart! “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.” (Psa. 63:1-5) When we earnestly seek God and let nothing stand between us and His will, we experience His irreplaceable goodness!